Liverpool media round-up: Reds pursue Chilwell, Henderson calls for side to be clever, Klopp on character and mentality

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning.

Liverpool are looking at signing young Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell in January in a £4 million deal according to the Daily Telegraph.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has apparently identified the left-back position as a position that needs strengthening and has identified the 19-year-old as a target.

Chilwell is currently on loan at Huddersfield Town from Leicester City, where he is working under a close friend of Klopp in Huddersfield boss David Wagner. 

The report does state, however, that a deal may be difficult to complete with the Foxes expected to recall the defender, while Tottenham and Arsenal are also said to be interested in the defender, but with Alberto Moreno and Brad Smith the only available left-backs for Liverpool, it is an area that Klopp seems keen to strengthen in.

Liverpool are in Premier League action tonight when they travel to Sunderland for their final game of 2015, where a win could take them level on points with Manchester United and to within five points of the Champions League places.

Reds skipper, and former Sunderland midfielder, Jordan Henderson has said Liverpool must be prepared for a scrap this evening against the relegation threatened Black Cats after struggling in previous away encounters against the likes of Newcastle United and Watford.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “We will have to be clever again at Sunderland because it will be a difficult game for us so we need to make sure we do the same as we did against Leicester. We need to find different solutions in games and make sure we win the battle.

“Fighting throughout is just a given, really. We should be doing that every week and we need to make sure we do it again on Wednesday.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said the character of his side should not be in question and the physical capabilities to compete in the sort of games where they have fallen short of late. 

The German did say that the squad's mentality can be changed and improved, and is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “We have no problem with character. The character of the team is great.

“Maybe you speak about mentality. That’s what we have to create.

“You can’t say you can’t change mentality. You need experience for a game, for a situation to change it and that’s what we try to do every day."

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